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From The Principal

Happy February! The students sure are happy to be here, as we are happy to see their smiling faces as well. Cold weather, snow and unpredictable weather continues, so just a reminder that students should dress for the weather with wear winter coats, hats, boots and gloves. The play pad will many times have snow and slush that students are walking in to get to the classroom doors. We keep the sidewalks and entry clear and salt the surfaces but many times the play pad is snowy.

We continue to practice social distancing and mitigating the areas in the school that students are using for minimal spread of germs. They are all doing a great job! Please continue the safety protocol in the parking lot using only the main lot, sidewalks and cross walks. We look forward to our continuation of the Hybrid learning model.

The students are in a consistent routine and have adjusted very well to in person learning here at Graebner. Thank you for all of your support as we continue to navigate safety protocols. I will continue to update you in a timely manner.

February Dates to Remember:

Feb. 3: Remote learning day

Feb. 9: Fourth and Fifth grade girls maturation program (see below)

Feb. 10: Remote learning day / PTO meeting via ZOOM at 6:30pm

Feb. 15-19: Mid Winter Break - No School in session

Feb. 24:  GPTO Stuff a Mascot Virtual Event 7pm - see below -registration required

Your Proud Principal,
Mrs. Jami Wood

The staff of Graebner Elementary School, within an ordered, nurturing environment, defines its mission as follows: to teach children to learn academic and social skills in a positive and cooperative manner and to enhance self esteem, so as to prepare children to become contributing, successful members of society.

The following dates have been confirmed.  As additional dates are provided, I will share them with you.

First Student Day:                   
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 (Full day secondary, Half day elementary)

Thanksgiving Break:               
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 through Friday, November 29, 2019

Winter Break:                          
Monday, December 23, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020

MLK Jr Holiday:                     
Monday, January 20, 2020

Mid-Winter Break:                  
Monday, February 17, 2020 through Friday, February 21, 2020

Spring Break:                          
Monday, April 6, 2020 through Friday, April 10, 2020

Additional dates and calendar elements including but not limited to potential further closed dates, half-days, exam schedules conference windows and the end of school date continue to be considered and will be released once determined.

UCS Vision

All children have the right to a rigorous, high-quality education which meets their individual needs. UCS will respect, encourage and empower each and every student to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to be successful, contributing members of a diverse community and global society.

UCS Mission

We are committed to exemplary teaching and learning in order for our students to be prepared for success in the 21st Century.
We will achieve this commitment by engaging the entire community to focus on each child's achievement, with the expectation that every student will pursue some type of post-high school educational endeavor.

Core Values

  • Every child can learn and achieve.
  • Parents and guardians are partners in the learning process.
  • Being “smart” can be achieved through persistence, hard work and effective effort.
  • Excellence is expected and celebrated.
  • Data is used to guide our decision-making.
  • All employees will exemplify ethical behavior; exhibit a strong work ethic; and continue to develop their leadership, performance and service skills.
  • Technology supports and enhances instruction, business operations, research and communications.
  • The Board of Education, district educators/staff, parents, community members and business leaders must collaborate and work as a team to enhance educational opportunities for student success.